|Forum topic by knotscott||posted 03-31-2016 09:47 PM||623 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
03-31-2016 09:47 PM
There’s really no clever way to disguise the purpose of this post….thanks in part to some prompting from fellow LJ member, Joe Lyddon, I’m just blatantly bragging on my youngest daughter’s recent accomplishments. :-)
“Tess” is the youngest of our six kids, and just turned 17 this week. She’s a junior at Greece Odyssey Academy in Greece, NY. She’s been taking private voice lessons since the beginning of her sophomore year, and has really excelled in the short time she’s been doing it. Last December her voice teacher urged us to enter her in the prestigious 2016 Rochester Philharmonic League's Young Artist Auditions held at the Eastman School of Music. It’s open to top high school students from nine county Greater Rochester Area to compete for awards in the categories of male and female vocal, strings, piano, and instrumental. These auditions seek the highest level of talent among high school musicians, and require 3 difficult contrasting classical pieces to be played/sung from memory in front of a panel of professional judges. Five cash awards of $500 are offered for male vocalist, female vocalist, strings, piano and instrumental (woodwind, brass, percussion, harp or guitar). Two $1,000 scholarships are offered for high school juniors or seniors who plan to major in music at an accredited college or university. On March 13, 2016, Tess spent the day singing, competing, waiting, and wandering the halls of the Eastman Theater and Kilbourne Hall.
...and the winners are:
Tessa Martin Award for Female Vocalists ($500)
Jan DeGaetani Scholarship for Vocalists ($1000 college scholarship)
She’s been featured on the Greece School District website, and Facebook page, as well as on the RPO’s website and Facebook pages. Local news updates are pending. She’s the first winner of this competition for her school, her chorus teacher, and her voice teacher. The event organizers said that she will now have a small fan club from the RPO and the Eastman School that will be following her singing activities. She’s also been invited to sing in a recital at the Eastman School this summer. I couldn’t be any prouder. As parent moments go, and even “life” moments, this was right up there. Because of the Eastman School of Music and it’s impact on our community, Rochester is a bastion of musical talent, so this was no small feat for Tess to win an award like that in this city. Earlier in the day I was pinching myself wondering if she should even be here. She’s been growing musically in leaps and bounds this year and just took it all in stride. She was pretty much over the moment and had moved on with life by the time we got home, but I still haven’t recovered!
It’s been a crazy ride for the past 6 months. In a span of 4 weeks last fall, she was a semi-finalist in the NCYC Top Talent Contest, and earned an audition in Indianapolis. Two weeks later she sang with the New York State “Conference” Women’s Choir (meaning it includes students from all over the state). Less than two weeks later, she sang in the Rochester Philharmonics Holiday Pops Gala for 6 performances at the Eastman Theater. Then it was on to the Odyssey Academy’s presentation of the Sound Of Music in mid February, where she played the role of Mother Abbess, then the All County mixed chorus. In early May she’ll be singing in a Stars of Tomorrow award show that recognizes Rochester area high school musical performances.
In case you’re curious what she sounds like these days, here are a couple clips from February. Let me know if you have trouble opening them.
Climb Every Mountain from the Sound of Music:
Va Godendo by Handel: (excerpt)
Va Godendo by Handel (entire song)
-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....